Lawn edges can make or break a lawn. An otherwise lush and green perfect expanse of grass can be ruined by scruffy overgrown edges.
In this post, I take a look at how to keep your lawn edges well-manicured for a perfect precision finish.
You can either neatly cut and trim the edges of the lawn, or install a type of lawn edging around the lawn: There are various options available that look great and are easy to install, or you can make your own from various natural and manmade objects. This will make the job of keeping the edges neat much easier and can add more character to your lawn.
For inspiration, take a look at my post on lawn edging ideas.
If you do not have lawn edging in place you will have to do this manually. If not, the edges will be scruffy and grass will start growing into the flowerbeds or over paving and paths.
If you are planning a new garden or revamping an existing garden, give some thought to the shape and layout of the grass to make edging easier. While curves can be attractive it is much easier to mow and edge when there are more straight lines.
There are several ways to do it manually. Some people simply use a spade to neaten the edges but this will never look perfect, damages the lawn, and can slowly reduce the size of the grass area.
A few tools that will help you achieve a tidy edge with minimal effort are needed. Edging shears, a half-moon edger, and a good set of long-handled lawn shears are what you need. It is also handy to have a length of thick rope or a wooden plank to achieve perfect lines.
The process is to mow the lawn normally and then use the edging shears or the long-handled shears for the larger patches that could not be reached. The shears need to be kept sharp and well maintained to make the job easier and prevent damage to the grass. The long-handled shears have telescopic handles make the job less back-breaking.
Do this after every mow as it is easier to keep it maintained than to correct once the grass has grown over into the beds.
Every few months but particularly early spring, you want to use the half-moon edger. If this has not been done for some time you might need to do a bit of planning beforehand.
After mowing, cut along the edges using the rope or plank as a guide. Corners and bends are a bit more of a challenge but just take it slowly. This will give a straight and definite edge that will be easier to maintain. You want to do a deep and near-perfect cut so that all that is needed is an easy trim with the shears after mowing.
Using power tools
If you do not want to edge the lawn manually, there are electric edgers or grass trimmers that have a setting for edging the lawn. Some models are corded but you also get cordless options. For large lawns, you even use a petrol strimmer.
The electric trimmers are light and easy to use. They will make a quick job of neatening up the edges. Some models have handy wheels that make it easier to guide around the edges of the lawn.
One thing that makes this job a whole lot easier is to install lawn edging. Not only will it drastically reduce the amount of edging you need to do around the lawn but the right one will transform the look of your garden. Their main purpose is to prevent grass from growing into the flowerbeds and reduce maintenance but they can also be an attractive feature in the garden.
If you want something that is practical and affordable there are options in plastic or metal. These are normally spiked making them a breeze to install. You also get wooden edging including heavy durable sleeper edging.
Other options include brick or stone, rope, and picket-fence style edging. Pebble edging looks good but if used alone will not stop the spread of grass. Some edging is more effective at keeping the grass neat and will mean only very minor maintenance. Consider the style of your garden and the look and feel you want to create.